Monday, April 26, 2010

Fred She Said April Challenge Purple Gift Box

Hi all, back with this months Fred She Said Challenge - A 3D gift for a loved one.  So here is my project to get you inspired, another of my little altered soap boxes, with a different look than the last.  This box is in beautiful shades of purple and I thought it would be perfect to show off the Fred She Said Lovely Blossoms Decoupage set. The full sheet of pre-colored flowers and leaves were printed out on vellum for an airy and vintage feel and is also similar to parchment craft.

First I outlined the flowers and leaves with my gold gel pen to give them an embossed look.  Then I layered two and three different sizes of the purple blossoms together after shaping them on a foam matt.  Next I added some light purple glitter to the petals and crystals for the centers.  The smaller white blossoms were left as a single layer and have dew drops as their centers. 

I am showing the same view of the box because my camera is skewing the colors a bit and this one is the closest to the true colors.  Again all I had to do to cover up any writing on the boxes was to just cut some card stock panels for the top, bottom and inside of the box lid.  Ribbon and die cut accents finish off this gift box that is a gift in itself.  Using the Fred She Said digi flowers made it quick and easy!

Now hop on over to the Fred She Said Challenge Blog to see what the other DT members have created for your inspiration! Now for the CHALLENGE details:

A 3D Gift for a loved one!

You must use a Fred She Said digital image somewhere on your card.

This challenge will begin today and end on May 30th, the day before a new challenge will be posted!

See the FREEBIES section if you don't have any Fred She Said images right now.

Please use the Mr. Linky widget on the Fred She Said Challenge Blog to fill out your entry.

Please give the exact link to your post or photobucket/gallery image of your entry ( not just to your blog). It makes finding it a lot easier ;)

If you don't have a blog and would like to email your entry please send your card image with your name to Tracey and she will add your entry to the Mr. Linky as well as link it to a photobucket so others can see your wonderful projects :) Please, one entry per person for this challenge.

The prize again this month is...

a $20 gift certificate for the Fred She Said store! How sweet!

So get those entries in and remember you have until Monday May 30th to get it done! We are looking forward to seeing your creations this month!!!

New challenge coming up on May 31st!

Here are the links to the Fred She Said STORE (Owner Tracey Lynn Miller) and the Fred She Said BLOG, and Fred She Said Challenge BLOG (where you need to enter your project).

Good Luck!!!

Remember comments and links here, while very welcome and appreciated, do not enter you for the Challenge, only those left at the Fred She Said Challenge blog do!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dragonfly Thank You

Hi all, back again with a card that was done for an online class that I am taking.  The assignment was to use a die cut and ink that shape while masking the edges with the die.  Then we were to add some "stenciled" elements using a paper punch. 

The dragonflies were stamped with black Stazon and embossed with kaleidoscope embossing powder which makes them shimmer like real ones.  I colored them from the wrong side with my Tombow markers and added seed beads for their eyes.  I really like sponged background and the way it pops the white border of the die cut. 

Thanks for all your sweet comments I really love hearing from you! If you have a question(s) you would like answered about a technique or anything else, please leave me contact info in your comment (blog/site address etc.) or email me at the address on the sidebar so I can answer!

Back tomorrow with another assignment from the class!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yellow Rose Gift Box

Hi all, I'm back with another project, an altered box with floral punch flowers.  A friend gave me several cute soap boxes to alter and give new life to.  I covered up all the writing on the box with layered panels and that still left a lot of the boxes original colors and beautiful paper covering.  Next I made the yellow roses and buds using the begonia punch from Punch Bunch. 

I added some Stickles in the center of the roses for sparkle and dew drops with Crystal Effects.  The floral stems of lacey white was made with a mini snowflake punch also from Punch Bunch.  I stamped "faith" and "hope" on the front and back panels, pearls, creamy double bow and flourishes from Spellbinders to finished up.

It is a fun and quick recycle project and the gift box is a gift in itself! You will see more of the little boxes in the future, I so much fun making this one.  Back later with another card that I made for an online course that I am taking.

EDIT TO ADD:  Had a question about where I got the soap boxes, a friend gave them to me and I believe that she purchased the "designer" gift soaps w/boxes from Marshall's.  So look over those sale aisles in these types of stores, you never will know what you will find that can be altered!


Comments are always welcome, I love hearing from all of you!! Post links to your recycled/altered projects in your comments!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quilled "A"

If you are looking for the Fred She Said April Blog Hop, see the post below!

Hi all, here is another of the Custom Quilling DT Kit projects for April, an altered "A".  Sorry for the pics not being the best, I had a hard time with the lighting and getting the quilling to show well for some reason.  I purchased a wood "A" and then painted it a creamy white for the base of the quilling.  The quilling strips are a beautiful gold and yellow/gold metallic.  The combination reminded me of antique quilling projects that I have seen and so I decided to go with that theme. 

The large flowers are husked with a domed coil center and there are smaller husked buds.  These are paired with teardrop leaves and curling vines.  The teardrop flourishes help give the design that antique feel while the fringed flowers and the punched metallic accent flowers with pearl centers update the design.

I loved doing this projects and working with these rich metallic strips and you can find the April Custom Quilling Kit here, that has more wonderful supplies in this regal color theme.  Choose smaller letters for a whole name or just three for a monogram look, there are many other alterable items that you can embellish with quilling to give as gifts or use in your home decor.  If you are looking for the Fred She Said Blog Hop, see the post below!  Thanks for all the great comments for my creation for the blog hop, y'all are all so sweet and very encouraging!!!!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pink Tulips Mother's Day

Hi all, we went camping for a few days to get away and see the beautiful display of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country.  Pictures do not do them justice, the color and smell of the waterfalls of blue that cover the hills are spectacular!  We had a great time and are rested and refreshed!  Below is a picture.

I finally finished this card for the Fred She Said Blog Hop and here are the details:

Welcome to our FOURTH "FRED SHE SAID" blog hop!!! If you just happened to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking place, please go back to the "FRED SHE SAID" blog here (  ) and start your hop!

Please, we would love it if you commented on our posts.

Along the way, please leave a comment on the blogs, follow the instructions at the end of the blog hop, at the Challenge blog, to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store!
Here is my "Fred She Said" creation:

I used the tulips that Tracey created for Stars and Stripes Operation Write Home  for this mother's day card.  The image is printed out on water color paper four times and then water colored with my Tombow markers.  I cut out a base layer from one of the images and then choose layers from each of the other three to layer and pop up the image of the tulips.  I had some pretty embossed pink paper that I purchased at a local art store and I inked the edges with gold.  The pink card stock was stitched to it and then lace trim, wide pink ribbon, velvet ribbon and sheer picot ribbon was added for a frilly feminine touch. 
Next I cut the base for the tulips out of my Nestabilities and added faux gold stitches on the panel and along the top edge of the ribbons. Pink pearls and glitter on the lace finish off this pretty in pink card. I really love coloring Tracey's beautiful flowers!!!  She has some great new images that I can't wait to play with, so hop on and check them out!

Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:











This blog hop will run from today, April 15th until April 22nd . On the 22nd, the winner will be announced on the "Fred She Said" blog  .

Thank-you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit DEANNE at  for more inspiration with Fred She Said!

When you are finished hopping, why not check out the Fred She Said Store!   to see more great digi images to inspire your creativity! Have fun hopping and I hope you enjoy all the goodies that the DT has created for you!!

Check back later to see more projects that I have finished!

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

May Daffodil Calendar Page

Hi all.  Lot's of apologies today, and it's no April's Fools.  First, as you can see it has been a bit between posts.  Life has been a bit crazy and medication changes have left me down more than up.  Pain management hasn't been managing much! But that is no excuse, next, I want to apologize to all who love the Custom Quilling Newsletter that Denise works so hard on each month, and to Denise and Sue also, for not getting my projects in on time, causing it to be delayed in transmission.  It seems that I have been a day late, literally,  for the last couple of weeks and can't seem to get caught up.  So for those who were wondering where your newsletter subscription was/is, please blame me, not Denise!  Denise is so wonderful to create for and has a great online store and resource for quilling and just about any paper crafting supplies!  I sincerely regret causing it to be late as Denise is so efficient, timely and dedicated in everything that is involved with Custom Quilling and her customers, and I would not want it to reflect upon her!  I did finally get my projects to her early this morning and your newsletter should be on it's way to you!

Here is one of my projects, the May Calendar page.  The pretty yellow card stock in this months kit was perfect for these cheery floral punch daffodils.  The petals are from the soft mottled card stock and the center of the daffodils are made from water colored coffee filter paper.  Little blue accent flowers with yellow pearl centers give some contrasting softness.  Now back to getting caught up!  More projects later.